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Glorious Leader! puts you in the shoes of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un

There probably isn't much demand for video games starring North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, but here's one anyway. Entitled Glorious Leader!, the sidescrolling shooter is set in Pyongyang during a United States military intervention. As Jong Un, you will shoot your way through hordes of Americans across seven retro-themed levels. The game will feature Dennis Rodman and unicorns. How could it possibly disappoint?

It's fairly tongue-in-cheek of course, and early signs point to a game which perhaps aims to subvert the latent patriotism contained in the narratives of the big blockbuster shooters. Jeff Miller, founder of studio Moneyhorse, ensured ABC News this week that his sympathies do not lay with the notoriously oppressive regime, but the game will likely attract criticism for its cutesy cartoon depiction of a very real, and very severe problem. Whether Moneyhorse can get the tone right is probably a more interesting question than the quality of the gameplay itself.

“It's the most unique place on earth far as I can tell, and I didn't know how to process my thoughts on the country, on what they're doing wrong, on what the international community is doing in response to it. I thought making a game would help me figure out how to have a voice on it," Miller said.

Glorious Leader! will release for PC in November. Check out the trailer below.

Shaun Prescott
Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.